The future of work is human: key jobs skills of the future

Empathy, resilience, uncomfortable conversations, communication, play, creativity, future of work.

“Toys are the new textbooks,” says designer and social entrepreneur Ilana Ben-Ari. “If we're going to be ready for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, we need to value play and emotional intelligence, in our schools and our offices.” Ilana is the inventor of The Empathy Toy, an award-winning toy being used in over 1,000 schools and companies that teaches communication, collaboration, and creativity. Her new product, The Failure Toy, helps players develop healthier, more productive relationships with failure. In fun, interactive keynotes and workshops, Ilana gives audiences a visceral understanding of the power of empathy and the importance of failure, and how these skills and experiences can help us succeed.

Empathy, resilience, uncomfortable conversations, communication, play, creativity, future of work.


“Toys are the new textbooks,” says designer and social entrepreneur Ilana Ben-Ari. “If we're going to be ready for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, we need to value play and emotional intelligence, in our schools and our offices.” Ilana is the inventor of The Empathy Toy, an award-winning toy being used in over 1,000 schools and companies that teaches communication, collaboration, and creativity. Her new product, The Failure Toy, helps players develop healthier, more productive relationships with failure. In fun, interactive keynotes and workshops, Ilana gives audiences a visceral understanding of the power of empathy and the importance of failure, and how these skills and experiences can help us succeed.